Friday, June 04, 2010

Old Baltimore Pike Bike Lanes Complete

Construction crews have completed Old Baltimore Pike in Chester County between West Grove and Toughkenamon. The project is a mixture of bike lanes, shoulders (where there was insufficient width to mark it as bike lane) and Share the Road signs.

Bike lanes on Old Baltimore Pike in London Grove Township, Photo-Chester County Planning Commission.

The Old Baltimore Pike plan was first conceived in 1998 as part of DVRPC's Suburban County Bicycle Facilities Project which targeted one corridor in each of the suburban counties (sans Bucks) for bicycling improvements. The route was selected because it was already a commuter route for workers in the mushroom industry. We can hope that these demonstration projects will signal a greater acceptance for bicycle facilities in the suburban counties. Funding was paid for with federal CMAQ dollars.

We understand that the second project - Susquehanna Road in Montgomery County is also complete and Bicyclists Baltimore Pike in Delaware County is nearing completion, only needing the addition of shoulder striping and storm grate replacement to finish the project.